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Sep 14, 2017

There’s a $100 Million Plan to Make a Synthetic Spinal Cord to End Paralysis

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transhumanism

Researchers at MIT’s Center for Extreme Bionics are engaged in a $100 million, five-year project with a goal to end disability worldwide.

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Sep 14, 2017

Brain-Machine Interface Isn’t Sci-Fi Anymore

Posted by in category: neuroscience

This startup has built a brain-machine interface that enables mind control of machines—no implants required.

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Sep 14, 2017

Could we soon ‘upgrade’ our bodies? Extreme bionics will create modular superhumans

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transhumanism

MIT’s Center for Extreme Bionics it trying to eliminate human disabilities and push us beyond the limits of our own bodies.

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Sep 14, 2017

New Drug Slows Down Heart Disease Progression

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

PCSK9 inhibitors, a new type of therapy, has arrived and appear to be an effective therapy for lowering LDL cholesterol to a level that exceeds the current standard of care.

Recently, the results from a clinical trial at Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed that the drug evolocumab, when combined with statins, significantly and safely reduced the risk of cardiovascular events.

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Sep 14, 2017

Researchers Discover Key To Aging In Our Epigenome

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Cover Photo: Getty Images.

Imagine that human aging is governed by an internal biological clock, controlled by specific genes. If scientists could identify the specific genes that control the clock, they could develop drugs therapy that stops aging in its tracks. Perhaps even reverse it.

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Sep 14, 2017

There’s no need to fear a robot taking your job – not if you become one yourself

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, life extension, robotics/AI, transhumanism

A new article recently out discussing issues of #transhumanism:


Hello reader, are you trans? Transhuman, that is.

Probably not, but one day you might be – or, failing that, your kids or grandkids. In what is very much a ‘guest’ piece for the American Conservative, Zoltan Istvan – the Libertarian candidate for Governor of California – explains his transhumanist vision:

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Sep 14, 2017

Tempus fugit

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

A super-short and to-the-point introduction to Rejuvenaction, ageing, and rejuvenation which I wrote on l4t.


You might have noticed I have sometimes mentioned ‘Rejuvenaction’ in passing in other posts on l4t, but never really went too much into detail as to what Rejuvenaction even is. I was hoping to trigger curiosity in the few readers l4t has had thus far (this is what I get for posting once in a blue moon), but I think it is high time to formally introduce l4t’s older brother.

Simply put, Rejuvenaction is an advocacy blog meant to spread awareness about the problem of human ageing and what could be done to bring about the end of this problem within a few decades.

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Sep 14, 2017

A Letter From the Future: Dear Dad

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, augmented reality, automation, drones, futurism, holograms, robotics/AI

For millennials and the generations to follow, the future will differ radically from their parents’ world. Massively powerful digital technologies will bring seismic changes in the lifestyles, opportunities, privileges and choices experienced by young people compared to their parents.

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Sep 14, 2017

Silicon Valley’s cryptocurrency boom

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, internet

For the unwary, ICOs represent an even bigger risk, as uncertainty about how they should be regulated means most lack even basic protection of securities laws that governed the dotcom IPOs. As pure digital events, the online fundraisings are also exposed to familiar internet frauds, from phishing scams used to rip off the unwary to the hacking of the underlying software underpinning the new ventures — the fate that befell the first prominent ICO last year, for a company called the DAO.


Flood of initial coin offerings is aimed at bypassing Google and Amazon, but sceptics fear a bubble.

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Sep 13, 2017

Robots will become smarter than humans by 2029, says HP Chief Technology Officer Shane Wall

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, health, information science, robotics/AI, singularity

The ‘singularity’ event that scientists talk about in artificial intelligence (AI) — when robots would outsmart human beings in reasoning — has just been moved up, according to a top scientist at HP Inc. The progress in AI and machine learning has been so rapid that scientists have upped the estimate for the ‘singularity’ to happen in 2029 from 2040, shaving off 11 years of development time, says Shane Wall, Chief Technology Officer at HP, who also heads the HP Labs which is at the centre of innovation within the company.

Wall, who was speaking at the HP Reinvent Partner Forum here, said there may be some who watch with fear for that event to happen but taken adequate precautions, this change would bring in much good for everyone — be it in manufacturing, health, innovation or elsewhere. He said AI handles huge amount of data and can discern patterns to take decisions. “Machine learning uses AI and big data to learn and it can find things that no humans can see,” Wall noted.

According to him, already there are massive data farms which are crunching big numbers and there are research labs and companies where machines are taught how to use data to managing things around us. Wall, who joined HP over a decade ago, drives the company’s technology vision and its strategy and helms the innovation community within. According to him, machines have become smart enough to predict failures within a system and 3D manufacturing is a massive revolution in the making. “Already, 3D printing is handling intricate products and in the future this will bring about a disruptive change,” Wall said.

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